What is Alpha?

Here at Christ Church we love to explore who God is, whether it’s for the first time or the umpteenth time. We run something called Alpha. It’s run all over the globe. It’s a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run several months. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha consists of three ingredients: food, a talk and good conversation.


We also love food here at Christ Church. So all our evening Alpha sessions start with food – and lots of it. We find it to be a great way to get to know each other and build community.


The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Usually around thirty minutes long and displayed on our large screen in the Hall, they explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions from Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? to Why and how do I pray? and How does God guide us?


Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything and there’s nothing you can’t say (seriously). It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

Give it a try

The next Alpha will start in 2019 (as we’re currently in the middle of one). They generally take place fortnightly on a Monday evening in the Hall, from 7.30pm. You’re welcome to join in with the current one or wait until next year. In the meantime, contact us for more information – you can also try out one of the talks by watching the video below.